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Vintage 1950's Custom Couture Beaded Jeweled Ivory Silk Hourglass Back-Bow Gown



In this gorgeous 1950's ivory creme silk-faille gown, the detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern couture. This captivating custom made garment looks identical to the one actress June Havoc wore. Sparkling prong-set rhinestones mixed with elaborate glass beadwork give the garment so much depth and texture. This workmanship alone must have taken weeks. The bodice has a flattering duel thin-strap sculpted sweetheart nipped-waist framed by large dangling pearls. I love the dramatic three-dimensional back bow which really makes a statement. The flattering front ruched wiggle skirting finishes this showstopper in a perfect "Old Hollywood" style. A beautiful one-of-a-kind garment that would definitely make an unforgettable bridal or red carpet look. Measurements Bust: 35-36 inches Waist: 26 inches Hips: up to 38 inches Total Length:58 inches This 1950's custom couture gown is in excellent condition with no rips or alternations. Presents beautifully. Perfectly working back metal zipper and hand-finished detailing. A pure work of art and a study in dressmaking technique. Only signs of wear are some missing beadwork, faint stains by the bottom skirting and one pin-sized hole under the bow which is not noticeable when worn. Though we do not have written authentication that this gown belonged to Joan Havoc, the documentation, source and measurements point in this direction. This garment is truly stunning and an investment piece that will only increase in value.


  • Dimensions
    Length: 58 in. (147.32 cm)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Hip: 38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Style
    1950's (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU30911075422

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    Ships From: Beverly Hills, CA
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